Beaverton Named Tree City USA for 25th Year!

Beaverton Named Tree City USA for 25th Year!

Here in Beaverton, we care about our trees. We know that trees enhance the beauty of the city and we actively encourage the planting and care of local trees.

Mayor Denny Doyle proclaimed April to be Arbor Month at a recent City Council meeting and events and programs were held throughout the month to celebrate.

Beaverton celebrated Arbor Day in a big way this April — by planting 40 trees in collaboration with volunteers and Friends of Trees at the corner of Southwest 142nd Avenue and Southwest Farmington Road.

“Today’s event also establishes this site as a ‘Heritage Arboretum,’” said Mayor Denny Doyle. “We’re transforming this land into a plant arboretum and community gathering space for current and future generations to enjoy!”

The event also marked two important milestones. The city commemorated its 25th year as a Tree City USA and was awarded a Growth Award for the 15th year by the Arbor Day Foundation and Oregon Community Trees.

In order to maintain a Tree City USA designation, a city must have a tree board or department, a community tree ordinance, spend at least $2 per resident on urban forestry, and celebrate Arbor Day.

The Tree City USA Growth Award is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to recognize higher levels of tree care by participating Tree City USA communities. The Growth Award highlights innovative programs and projects as well as increased commitment of resources for urban forestry.

One such project is the Beaverton’s Favorite Tree Contest. Previously held decades ago, the contest was brought back this year by City Arborist Jered Lane to highlight landmark trees in the city and encourage conservation and preservation of existing trees. The three landmark trees are the Giant Sequoia at Beaverton Post Office at Southwest Betts Avenue and Southwest First Street, the Ponderosa Pine at Southwest Fourth Street and Southwest Angel Avenue, and the American Sycamore at Beaverton City Library at Southwest Hall Boulevard and Southwest Fifth Street.

Did you know that the city has over 20,000 street trees? And we’re just getting started! We add new street trees each year to enhance the quality of our neighborhoods and our residents love to lend a helping hand! Last year the Highland Neighborhood Association Committee received second place in the Neighborhoods, USA Neighborhood of the Year Neighborliness Award for holding neighborhood walks, runs, and tree plantings to promote an active lifestyle and create opportunities for neighbors to build relationships. And they are still going strong! The Highland NAC planted 20 trees at Fir Grove Elementary School and nearby homes in February.

Want to find out which tree was named Beaverton’s Favorite Tree and how to keep your favorite backyard tree looking its best? Visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/trees.